by Sara le Roux, Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District
Something that my husband and I have always agreed on is that we want to encourage our children to love reading books. I have many fond memories of my childhood books such as ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ and ‘The Adventures of the Wishing Chair’ (Enid Blyton) – and to this day they still sit on my bookcase waiting for that wonderful time when I can share their magical adventures with my own children.
One of Boo’s current bedtime favourites is Eric Carles’ ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, so with this in mind I decided that we should attempt our own little hairy creature.
We love making cress-heads and recently came across a piece on Pinterest which took growing your art to the next level. With a few tweaks to make it ‘pre-schooler friendly’ we made……..
What You’ll Need
- Grass seed (we used rye seed)
- Black tights or knee-high stockings
- Hair bands – nice and bright!
- Pipe Cleaner
- Wiggly Eyes x 2
- Scissors & sellotape
- Card (a very small piece for the face)
- Plastic/paper cup or yoghurt pot
- Spoon & bowl – for mixing!
So I got Boo started with mixing the compost and grass seed – dirt and mixing – his two favourite things! We discovered that we had used WAY too much compost so you’ll only need about a quarter of what you see in the photo – we may have to make a whole beastie family to use it up!
Meanwhile, I cut the bottom off the plastic cup and chopped one leg of the tights down to the size we needed (a little help was required from Boo!). I pulled the cut end of the tights over the open (cut) end of the cup and created a funnel for Boo to feed the soil into the tights.
Boo filled the ‘body’ of our beastie with soil mix and I tied on the hair bands at intervals to create some sections to the body. This was a great way to practice his scooping and pouring skills and we also spent a few moments deciding which colour hair band we would use each time.
We cut the pipe cleaner in two, twirled it around at the ends to make two antennae and then poked it into the ‘head’ of our beastie. The wiggly eyes were taped to a small circle of card to make the face which was then taped onto the head section……. hmmm we may need to work on Boo’s sellotape dispensing skills J
All we had to do then was water our little creature and pop him onto the windowsill to start getting ‘hairy’ – UPDATES TO FOLLOW IN LATER POSTS!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes (whilst our rice was cooking for dinner!)
Ensure that your child is supervised whilst mixing the compost so that it doesn’t become an appetizer before dinner!
Wash hands thoroughly after finishing the activity
Encourage safe scissor use – especially if you are letting your little one have a go with the scissors. Be careful of the sharp edge of the plastic cup (after you have cut it!)
This activity is not suitable for babies or small infants
Day #1 DONE! 99 more to go...... :)